By Derek Carlyon
September 9, 2013 (San Diego) -- Charger season is once again upon us, with the opening game tonight at 7:20 PST. The buzz in the air is different than it normally is in San Diego; instead of lofty goals of the Super Bowl, fans seem to just be looking to avoid a historically bad year. Considering the Chargers haven’t made a playoff appearance since 2009, you can’t blame the pessimistic views of the Chargers’ faithful coming into the 2013 campaign.
The Bolts have had their fair share of unfortunate off-season events, including the losses of linebacker Melvin Ingram and receiver Danario Alexander to injuries that will sideline them both for the season.
By Jamie Reno
September 6, 2012 (San Diego)--Will the 2012 San Diego Chargers energize this city the way they did a few years ago and again reign supreme in the AFC West?
Without consulting a meteorologist, I'd say the chances of lightning striking this season in Mission Valley are about 50-50.
Read the full post at The Reno Dispatch: http://therenodispatch.blogspot.com/2012/09/san-diego-chargers-forecast-partly.html.
By Miriam Raftery
Flowers, banner at Junior Seau Sports Complex in La Mesa pay tribute to football legend
May 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –East County and San Diego leaders reacted with shock and sadness to news that former Chargers star Junior Seau, 43, was found dead at his Oceanside home today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A former resident of Mt. Helix and supporter of local charities, Seau also frequently visited the Junior Seau Sports Complex at La Mesita Park in La Mesa that was named in his honor.
“He was always here for us,” La Mesa Art Madrid said, La Mesa Today reported. “He was part of the family in this town.”
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- Barona Fire Captain arrested on molestation charges (UT San Diego)
- Madrid opposes county taxes to help build Chargers Stadium (La Mesa Patch)
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- Bonnie buys some open government cred (CityBeat)
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- Tire surcharge funds paving projects that use old tires (KPBS)
By E.Z. Pickens
April 1, 2010 (Santee) – The San Diego Chargers have received an offer from the City of Santee to construct a new Chargers stadium in the East County community.
“This will be a win-win for the Chargers and East County,” said Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, wearing a sporty bolts blazer. With the upcoming completion of Highway 52, Santee will be easily accessible from all parts of San Diego. Having an NFL team in Santee will not only be good for Charger fans, but will also boost revenues for our city.”
January 17, 2009 (San Diego) — Pacific Sportswear & Emblem Company has created a line of Chargers hats, t-Shirts and silicone “charity” wristbands with the “BELIEVE” message to keep sports fans’ spirit alive in San Diego.
A percentage of the sale of each “BELIEVE” item will benefit the Copley Family YMCA, which primarily serves children, teens and families in the low income community of City Heights.
Need for food in East County cities rises sharply
November 7, 2009 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Chargers and Metropolitan Transit Service are partnering to run a series of food drives starting Nov. 10 and ending with a game day food drive at the Chargers vs. Philadelphia game at Qualcomm Stadium Nov. 15. Starting Tuesday, Nov. 10 MTS will host “Stuff the Bus Food Drives” at select Vons supermarket parking lots, where the public will be invited to stuff an MTS bus full of food to feed hungry San Diegans over the holiday season.
From January to June, the amount of food distributed by San Diego Food Bank to the needy doubled and tripled across the county. The number of meals distributed by the Food Bank in San Diego alone increased from 1.6 million to 2.4 million. In Lemon Grove, food distributed skyrocketed by 144%. Spring Valley food distribution shot up 80%, while La Mesa and El Cajon rose 31% and 32%.
November 4, 2009 (La Mesa) - Gio Bistro in La Mesa invites the public to watch the Chargers vs. Giants game on Sunday, November 8 from 12:30 to 4:30 and join a three-day breast cancer walking team. The event includes game viewing on big screen TV, food, live auction of items including sports memorabilia, football pool, kids'games and prizes, karaoke music, and specialty drinks including the "Chargerita."